Sea Views Or City Skyline: A London Penthouse Or A Dorset Penthouse?

There have been some truly breath-taking penthouses for sale on the market over the last year, with clients motivated to pay a premium for what they see outside more so than inside. In today’s Berkeleys blog, we consider the comparisons between a penthouse on the Dorset coast to London’s penthouses in the sky.

Berkeleys recently listed a penthouse by the sea in Poole, Dorset, with impressive credentials: Daytona is an exclusive contemporary development of just 3 duplex apartments set in a discreet location in coastal Poole, Dorset, just 2 hours from London. With 3,000 sq. ft of open space and a large 1,600 sq. ft terrace, the expansive glass windows and stunning views over Poole Harbour rate exceptionally across Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs property. With a guide price of £1,875,000, this penthouse is unique in offering a combination of location, view, privacy and interior specification.

Penthouse Apartment

With an indoor/outdoor square footage of 4,600 sq. ft,  Daytona is valued at £625 per sq. ft. Priced at less than 10% of London’s top penthouses coming to the market it makes for an amazing comparison considering its tip-top credentials but no city view! For a city view, think more in terms of the £20 million price mark…

London property developer British Land recently sold the most expensive Mayfair home ever – a 5,000 sq ft penthouse on Clarges Street in Mayfair, which sold above the previous record of £5,000 per sq ft. Clarges Mayfair has an “unrivalled” location close to Bond Street, with the upper floors offering “panoramic views” of Green Park and Buckingham Palace. The gated mews development includes a private “wellness spa” with a 25m swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna, plus private cinema room.

A Knightsbridge penthouse in the prestigious One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge building has become the most expensive property ever sold in Britain, and is believed to have been bought by an Eastern European buyer. ‘Penthouse D’ was sold as ‘core and shell’ and an estimated £20 million will be spent on furnishing the space, after which valuers predict the property to be worth £175 million.

Another penthouse apartment in The Chilterns in Marylebone W1 was priced at £25 million last year. The development offers a private cinema, an on-call personal trainer and chef, a private tasting room, a gym, a sauna, and David Bailey artworks on the walls.  This flat is 5,047 square feet – including four individual bedroom suites – and a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom. There’s also an additional studio flat – presumably for staff.

The Heron’s £18 million South Penthouse in the city is set 367ft high above London’s streets.  This 6,000 sq ft duplex apartment has an outlook which includes the Shard and St Paul’s and stretches beyond Battersea.

Today, penthouses really do stand out alone, consistent themes clearly emerging: as well as offering enormous space and high specification, purchasers are buying in to the iconic views. Privacy and separate entrances add to the allure. Sea views and city skyline views appear to offer an equally breath-taking experience but at very different values today.

Poole Properties Near Yacht Clubs For London Boat Show Enthusiasts


For yacht buyers across the world, visiting England’s London Boat Show in Spring, and the Southampton Boat Show in September is a must. Whether you are looking, researching, buying or just an enthusiast satisfying your thirst for the new, it’s a great place to visit.

For boat owners, a key question to address is where to moor your boat once purchased. Poole harbour in Dorset, and its many yacht clubs make a great choice, just two hour’s drive from London. Here we feature some perfect homes for sale, ideally located within easy reach of local yacht clubs and moorings:

The Vistas, located right on the coast, sits in a wonderful clifftop position. Watch this video to learn more:

The Vistas

This penthouse apartment, pictured below, is located close to Poole Harbour and East Dorset Yacht Club. Enjoying stunning views from a spacious balcony, this apartment is just minutes from the waters edge.

Alington Road - Daytona

Lilliput is another great destination in coastal Poole boasting close proximity to Parkstone Bay Marina and Parkstone Yacht Club. This contemporary house in Lilliput has views across the water.

Sandbanks Road1

Keep in touch with Berkeleys by visiting our facebook page with daily posts on Poole, Dorset, contemporary and heritage coastal homes for sale and to rent, and waterside lifestyle news.

Lifestyle Homes to Rent in Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset

Berkeleys Lettings is seeing growing demand for long term lifestyle renting in Poole, Dorset. Already a notable trend in the lettings market, as more people opt to rent rather than buy, savvy tenants now search for properties to rent which offer further added value by merging attractive lifestyle factors within easy reach of a top sports and social calendar.

Dune Crest 12

In addition to the key criteria of what makes a great coastal rental property, we now see ‘proximity to the local social calendar’ as an emerging request. In popular areas along the Poole coastline like Sandbanks and Poole Harbour, criteria such as beachfront proximity, sea views, access to water-sports, private parking and outside space are typical requests from our lifestyle tenants.

However, lifestyle tenants now recognise the added benefit of choosing a home which is located close to where top sports and social events take place. Appealing to all the family, and specifically teenagers, prospective tenants also know that planning ahead for the year is critical to taking full advantage of the calendar.

Berkeleys has a luxury apartment currently available to rent in Sandbanks, Poole which is a great example. Located right on the beachfront facing Poole Bay and Old Harry Rocks, Studland, residents can enjoy some of the best vantage points for this year’s top sport and social events. It is a short beachfront walk to the 2014 British Beach Polo Championships.”

Dune Crest 8

What’s more, the Sandbanks calendar lists many top sporting and after-party events on offer this year:

  • May 24th – 26th 2014 – Poole Sailing Regatta, Poole Harbour/Poole Bay and Regatta Social Programme
  • July 5th – 6th 2014 – Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Festival
  • July 11-12th 2014 – The 2014 British Beach Polo Championships, Sandbanks and Beach Polo after-party (tickets on sale now)
  • July 23rd – August 8th – Brownsea Island/National Trust summer open air theatre: Henry IV – (tickets on sale from Feb 1st)
  • August 2nd  – 9th – Cowes Sailing Week (sail from Poole to access daily events)
  • Competitive sailing events taking place across Poole Bay throughout August – see individual local sailing club schedules.

Tickets sell out fast to these highly sought after events, and so the secret to ensuring access to the best events is to plan early. Opting for a long term rental solution, whether for holiday use only or full time use, enables you to tap into events throughout the year. The benefit of being able to walk rather than drive lends yet further appeal.

Boat Shows, Boathouses and Bournemouth Air Festival.

The Southampton Boat Show takes place from 13th – 22nd September 2013 and Berkeleys will be calling in to enjoy this impressive on-water event. Living amongst a passionate sailing community here in Poole Harbour, it is our must-visit show of the season.

Poole Quay 065

Will things be different at the Sunseeker stand now Dalian Wanda has taken over the helm of this International luxury yacht-maker based in Poole harbour, Dorset? They do promise that their finest luxury yachts will be present including the sporty new San Remo and the impressive Manhattan 73 Sunseeker – Stand C080 and Pontoon M549.

Poole Quay 070

With Bessie Ellen confirmed in the line up for the Feature Boats attending the show, we can enjoy the history and heritage of sail boats alongside the latest boat launches and yachting technology.

Don’t miss these 10 beautiful homes with boathouses situated across England, and celebrated by the Telegraph online this summer. Simply stunning.

In August this year, you can also see some magnificent war ships in Bournemouth Bay during the Bournemouth Air Festival including HMS Northumberland and HMS Monmouth. The schooner L’ÉTOILE will also be visiting, she was built in the shipyard of Fécamp, France in 1932 and took part in the Second World War. What a beauty!

Bournemouth Air Festival 2013

Enjoy this fabulous, sunny summer with sailing and schooners right on your door-step here in Dorset.

Luxury Waterside Houses for London City Dwellers

It’s that temperature changing time of year again, – July – London is heating up and the Evening Standard keeps inviting us to escape to cooler waterside environs.  Very enticing.

With the spotlight now well and truly shining on waterside and coastal homes, many destinations are in fact just an hour or so away from London. That’s why so many Londoners choose to invest in a second home with the waterside-factor.

Head South to Poole, Dorset and you’ll experience the temperature go down a little, a fresh breeze come up, and that exhilarating freedom feeling fill your heart and lungs.  The locals swear by it.

Poole Harbour WEB

The lifestyle advantages of living waterside are many but the most popular ones in Poole are probably the ‘sand between your toes’ effect – yes, and on a Friday night – sailing in summer and the breath-taking sea views which have the power to lower stress levels and promote inspired positive thinking.

Does every waterside home deliver the same experience? The answer is very much a no.

Take beautiful “Tansanee” for example. A dream home, for sale with Berkeleys, which promises the ultimate waterside lifestyle experience.

Banks Road, Sandbanks

This exceptional location on Sandbanks Peninsular, Poole can be acquired as a plot or as a turnkey solution to include the building of an architect designed uber contemporary home on purchase. Many luxury home buyers today want to invest in a home whereby they can add their own very personal stamp. This type of acquisition promises a real estate project whereby design and architectural vision can evolve into a reality with the buyer kept in the picture every step of the way. The end result: coastal sunsets and sunrises captured from your private terraces, morning walks along golden sandy beaches and a hotel-lux-home to entertain in throughout the summer season, which includes the British Beach Polo Championships 13/14th July each year.

Poole Harbour from Shore Road

For a weekend waterside experience, “Trevelga” could be the home for you. Situated in a small select development of apartments, this home is located in Poole at the gateway to the Sandbanks Peninsula. Directly opposite the property are the shores of Poole Harbour where windsurfers and kite surfers light up the sky, on a windy day, with their vibrantly coloured sails. It is the views which make this experience complete.

Of course water doesn’t have to mean sea. Take Pine Lake for example, just a short drive from Poole Harbour. Here is an exceptional detached family home for sale enjoying an enviable location backing directly onto Parkstone Golf Course including exceptional views over Parkstone lake. The house itself has an expansive rear garden which rolls down to the lake- situated alongside the golf course – a fresh water lake filled with carp, eels, and currently visited by swans and 14 baby ducklings no less.  The lake was built in Victorian times to supply fresh water locally and the carp were originally introduced to keep the water clean.

Compton Ave 1

So water is the giver of many varied lifestyle experiences, but there is a common thread throughout: when water is a remote, cool, fresh, healthy element on a sweltering hot, sticky, bustling London day, it is a very welcome experience indeed.

Like our facebook page for daily posts on Poole, Dorset; luxury homes; waterside living and inspiring contemporary architecture.

Sandbanks breezes into The Good Beach Guide 2013

Sandbanks has been the recipient of some wonderful feedback this year. If online consumer recommendations are the way forwards, as we are led to believe, then Sandbanks must be very happy. The summer season has yet to begin.

Firstly, Tripadvisor users voted Sandbanks into the Travellers Choice Top 10 UK Beaches 2013. Beach fans voted where they are heard by one of the worlds most popular unbiased holiday review websites.
More recently The Good Beach Guide included Sandbanks in its Good Beach recommendations for 2013. The Sunday Times also recommended it as a good guide if you are thinking of buying a coastal home. Published by the Marine Conservation Society, the Guide is rich in environmental details, and it rates over 700 beaches nationwide by water quality.
Banks RoadBeach69
When Sandbanks was famously flagged as the fourth most expensive place to live in the world way back in 2008, it opened the door to a wave of media attention focused on its superhomes and luxury lifestyle. But there is a fresh appeal to Sandbanks and the story is now being told by a new powerful beach-loving voice.

That voice is reaching more home buyers seeking to tap into the appeal of the Sandbanks coastline. What’s more, if you look at the sold house price data for homes in Sandbanks over the last twelve months, there have been a healthy number of holiday home sales between £300,000 to £500,000. Yes, the contemporary waterside homes are significantly more, but the peninsular also offers many ideal modern family holiday apartments too.

Local investment in amenities like the cafes, playgrounds, lifeguards’ facilities and watersports really has made the area a perfect family destination whether you holiday there or take a step further and purchase a holiday home.
657On a final note voting in favour of Sandbanks, we have been enjoying these wonderful coastal photographs, by ‘manonabeach‘ posted onto his facebook page. Asking the question, “what does the beach mean to you?”, he answers it both visually and verbally through a series of photographs and online interviews. Could this be yet more approving voices we hear from the seashore?
1 shell